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What We’re Reading #68

We have several new recent reads to share with you today! Are you ready for a creepy ghost story, a ghostly thriller and a Halloween collection? Of course you are!

We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥

Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

Abby Gillman has discovered that with growing up, there comes a lot of blood. But nothing prepares her for the trail of blood she sees in the hallway after class – or the ghost she finds crammed inside an abandoned locker.

No one believes Abby, of course. She’s only seeing things. As much as Abby wants to be believed, what she wants more is to know why she can suddenly see the dead. Unfortunately, they won’t tell her. In fact, none of them will speak to her. At all.

Abby leaves for her annual summer visit to her uncle’s house with tons of questions. The visit will give her answers the ghosts won’t – but she may not like what she finds out.

Amazon | Goodreads

Cassie’s Teaser Review

One last thing I want to mention is how totally brutal some of the stuff in this story is! If you’re into your horror fiction having spooky ghosts and stomach-turning, gory imagery – look no further! SEEING THINGS knocks both of these and more way out of the park, and I’m very excited to see what home runs Sonora comes out with next!

Read Cassie’s entire review at Let’s Get Galactic.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

It’s the spooky season, well it’s always the spooky season around here, but now is the perfect time to curl up with a book about sinister ghosts and dastardly goings-on and this is a good one!

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt. 

Amazon | Goodreads

Alex’s Teaser Review

Hooooooooly Bible in a skeezy motel’s bedside table! WOW! The Sun Down Motel did not hold back and I absolutely loved it. This is the first book I have read from Simone St. James and I am already a fan. I will obviously be getting more of her stuff!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

This was an engrossing read. It’s more of a secret filled thriller type book (and I LOVE those) with some ghosties rounding things out. If you like dark fiction and long-buried secrets I think you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.


Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder

Halloween is the most wonderful part of the year for many of us. For dedicated fans, the season begins when the leaves start turning autumn colors and doesn’t finish until Hallowtide ends in November. With it comes a whole lot of fun: scary movies and stories, haunted houses, seasonal sweets, spooky decorations, costume parties, and of course trick or treat. But Halloween is also a deeply spiritual time for some; it’s an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on.

Master storyteller Lucy A. Snyder has filled her cauldron with everything that Halloween means to her and distilled it into a spell-binding volume of stories. Within these pages you’ll find thrills and chills, hilarity and horrors, the sweet and the naughty.

One of the best things about Halloween is you don’t have to be yourself. So go ahead and try on a new mask or two… you may discover hidden talents as a witch, a pirate, a space voyager, a zombie fighter, or even an elf. This is the perfect collection to celebrate the season of the dead or to summon those heady autumn vibes whenever you like. You may even find a couple of tales that evoke a certain winter holiday that keeps trying to crowd in on the fun.

In the worlds within this book, every day is Halloween!

Amazon | Goodreads

Audra’s Teaser Review

I was a fan of Snyder’s Garden of Eldritch Delights, so of course I needed to read this. These stories are much more lighthearted and magical than the dark cosmic horror of Garden. Another strength of the collection is that Snyder’s characters are immediately present on the page. They each have strong voices and you just know who they are with just a few sentences.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

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